Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Dayton, Ohio Braces Itself For Upcoming KKK Rally

Community members in Dayton, Ohio are divided over how to react to a Ku Klux Klan rally that the hate group has planned in the city next month, the Dayton Daily News reported Thursday.

A Justice Department liaison invited to speak at a community meeting, Daedra A. Von Mike McGhee, urged residents not to go to the May 25 event.

“But obviously if you choose to go, I still would not engage,” McGhee said, according to the local newspaper. “Because nothing good comes from that … There’s no way to engage peacefully or intellectually or any other way that would be positive for the community. What you would be doing is actually feeding into what they want.”

But Bomani Moyenda, who attended the meeting, said he would likely go and protest.

“I probably will be down confronting that,” he said. “I probably will be down there standing against them.”

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said some in the community hoped to ignore the Klan, others wanted to confront them, and a third group is planning alternative events of communal support at the same time.

In March, the city of Dayton sued the out-of-state Klan group, the Indiana-based Honorable Sacred Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, in order to prevent them from rallying in the city’s Courthouse Square. But county commissioners conceded in a hearing later that month that the chances of their success are remote, due to the Knights’ First Amendment protections.

“Believe me, if there was a way to keep them out we definitely would,” said Montgomery County Commission president Debbie Lieberman.

The Knights’ permit said they expect 10-20 people to attend, according to the Daily News.

The local chapter of the NAACP will be holding a block party at the same time, followed by a ceremonial “cleaning” of the square the following day.

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor for the Forward. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter, @aidenpink

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.